Today, as a result of the round table «Transparency of governmental procurements 2013», Ministry of Health and NGOs have signed a resolution that strengthened the timing of tenders in Ukraine, as well as their transparency. Now tenders for drugs procurements for patients with terminal diseases will be announced no later than February 28th of the current year, and civic activists and patients will have access to all stages of the tender process.
«We understand that timely procurement of medicines is a critical moment for patients with terminal diseases such as, AIDS or cancer — says Dmitry Pidturkin, Advisor to the Minister of Health. — MOH has already started the process of tendering procurement of drugs and plans to hold tenders in the first quarter of 2013. We will do our best to make the bidding process in our Ministry transparent to the public and convenient for the patients.»
The round table was initiated by civil society organizations, representatives of non-governmental organizations that deal with access to the treatment of children with cancer, patients with AIDS, tuberculosis, cancer, hepatitis and hemophilia.
Only last year, the state spent about 839 million hryvnia on the purchase of drugs for these patients. Thanks to the coordinating efforts of the public and the Ministry of Health it became possible to attract additional drugs to treat 1800 Ukrainian patients living with HIV.
According to Dmitry Sherembey, the head of UCAB, patient organization that fights for the rights of terminally-sick Ukrainians, such an agreement with the Ministry of Health is a huge step towards access to treatment for patients whose life depends on the time of purchased drugs. «Earlier no law regulated the deadline of tender announcement, which led to delays in procedures, procurement of drugs was completed only in the middle of the year, and the patient received life-saving treatment only at the end of the year. Now, thanks to the signing of this resolution by the Ministry of Health, patients will receive a guaranteed chance to receive the life-saving medicines.»
In addition, the document, signed at the result of the round table, affirmed the use of international standards and practices in determining the winners of the tenders, including WHO pre-qualification as a medical and technical requirements for the subject procurement of drugs for the treatment of patients with AIDS and tuberculosis and compliance with quality products meet national and international standards of good manufacturing (GMP) and clinical practice (GCP) for treatment of children with oncological and diseases.
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